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Browns’ David Njoku ‘damn near s–t’ himself before near Hail Mary catch

The Browns may have been holding their breath when Bears quarterback Justin Fields started praying for a pass into the end zone with zero time left and Chicago lost 20-17.

The ball eventually made its way toward Bears and Browns players and deflected into the arms of Chicago receiver Darnell Mooney, who fell down.

But instead of making a heroic touchdown catch, Mooney lost control of the ball and it flew out of his hands and into the arms of Danthony Bell, sealing Cleveland's victory.

“I'm getting closer to myself, dog,'' Browns tight end David Njoku. told reporters About watching Hail Mary.

“It's tough and crazy,” Mooney added. “How many times do you see a Hail Mary work and you might actually catch it?”

The play was ambiguous to Browns coach Kevin Stefanski.

“I passed out,” he said.

“That's what this season is about. Sometimes you have to trust the players, but again, that locker room, I trust that locker room,” he later added. “Because they work hard and fight like crazy.”

Chicago Bears wide receiver Darnell Mooney, 11, failed to catch a Hail Mary pass as time expired. Icon Sports Wire (via Getty Images)
Darnell Mooney rocked a potential Hail Mary against the Cleveland Browns. Icon Sports Wire (via Getty Images)

Garrett saw the scene firsthand after chasing Fields from the pocket.

“He kind of looked at me, made sure I was far enough away and then threw it,” Garrett said. “I thought, 'Please, don't turn us into some YouTube compilation.'”

For a moment, Fields thought the Bears had retreated.

“I heard some celebration on the sideline,” he said. Then I saw the guy miss the pass. ”

N'Joku's highly empathetic reaction to the Hail Mary attempt garnered a lot of attention, but the Browns tight end had already made his mark on the game with his play on the field.

Njoku finished the game against the Bears with 10 receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown.

In the Browns' win over the Bears, David Njoku caught 10 passes for 104 yards and one touchdown. Getty Images
Darnell Mooney reacts after failing to complete a Hail Mary pass in the end zone during the fourth quarter. Getty Images

Two of his catches were decisive in Sunday night's come-from-behind victory, including one in the fourth quarter for the Browns' first touchdown of the game.

Late in the final quarter, Njoku made a 34-yard catch with 56 seconds left.

This catch gave the Browns good field position and ultimately set up the game-winning field goal.

“It's been a lot of fun watching him grow as a person. Mature and evolve as a player.” Garrett said of Njoku:. “And because you can't underestimate how great of a teammate he's become. He went from being a guy trying to make plays and trying to find his role on the team to being a player on this team. He became one of everyone’s biggest advocates.”

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